Friday, 31. August 2007
The Gentle Art of Blessing

To bless, says Pierre Pradervand, means to wish, unconditionally and from the deepest chamber of your heart, unrestricted good for others and events. To bless is to acknowledge the omnipresent, universal beauty hidden from material eyes; it is to activate that law of attraction which, from the furthest reaches of the universe, will bring into your life exactly what you need to experience and enjoy.


Beautiful words of blessing written by Pierre Pradervand:




Here is another clip:





All the words as the movie plays for you to read:

On awakening, bless this day, for it is already full of unseen good which your blessings will call forth; for to bless is to acknowledge the unlimited good that is embedded in the very texture of the universe and awaiting each and all.

On passing people in the street, on the bus, in places of work and play, bless them. The peace of your blessing will accompany them on their way and the aura of its gentle fragrance will be a light to their path.

On meeting and talking to people, bless them in their health, their work, their joy, their relationships to God, themselves, and others. Bless them in their abundance, their finances...bless them in every conceivable way, for such blessings not only sow seeds of healing but one day will spring forth as flowers of joy in the waste places of your own life.

As you walk, bless the city in which you live, its government and teachers, its nurses and street sweepers, its children and bankers, its priests and prostitutes. The minute anyone expresses the least aggression or unkindness to you, respond with a blessing: bless them totally, sincerely, joyfully, for such blessings are a shield which protects them from the ignorance of their misdeed, and deflects the arrow that was aimed at you.

To bless means to wish, unconditionally, total, unrestricted good for others and events from the deepest wellspring in the innermost chamber of your heart: it means to hallow, to hold in reverence, to behold with utter awe that which is always a gift from the Creator. He who is hallowed by your blessing is set aside, consecrated, holy, whole. To bless is to invoke divine care upon, to think or speak gratefully for, to confer happiness upon - although we ourselves are never the bestower, but simply the joyful witnesses of Life's abundance.

To bless all without discrimination of any sort is the ultimate form of giving, because those you bless will never know from whence came the sudden ray of sun that burst through the clouds of their skies, and you will rarely be a witness to the sunlight in their lives.

When something goes completely askew in your day, some unexpected event knocks down your plans and you too also, burst into blessing: for life is teaching you a lesson, and the very event you believe to be unwanted, you yourself called forth, so as to learn the lesson you might balk against were you not to bless it. Trials are blessings in disguise, and hosts of angels follow in their path.

To bless is to acknowledge the omnipresent, universal beauty hidden to material eyes; it is to activate that law of attraction which, from the furthest reaches of the universe, will bring into your life exactly what you need to experience and enjoy.

When you pass a prison, mentally bless its inmates in their innocence and freedom, their gentleness, pure essence and unconditional forgiveness; for one can only be prisoner of one's self-image, and a free man can walk unshackled in the courtyard of a jail, just as citizens of countries where freedom reigns can be prisoners when fear lurks in their thoughts.

When you pass a hospital, bless its patients in their present wholeness, for even in their suffering, this wholeness awaits in them to be discovered. When your eyes behold a man in tears, or seemingly broken by life, bless him in his vitality and joy: for the material senses present but the inverted image of the ultimate splendor and perfection which only the inner eye beholds.

It is impossible to bless and to judge at the same time. So hold constantly as a deep, hallowed, intoned thought that desire to bless, for truly then shall you become a peacemaker, and one day you shall, everywhere, behold the very face of God.

And of course, above all, don’t forget to bless the utterly beautiful person YOU are!

Find out more about the book 'The Gentle Art of Blessing' and read some articles by Pierre Pradervand.
Category: Poetry & Inspirations |




Sunken city echoes ‘Atlantis’

Japan researcher says has found an Asian Atlantis

A researcher investigating underwater rock formations off the coast of Japan believes they are the remnants of an Asian equivalent of Atlantis -- an ancient civilization swallowed up by the ocean.

Marine geologist Masaaki Kimura says he has identified the ruins of a city off the coast of Yonaguni Island on the southwestern tip of Japan.

He has worked for decades to prove the rocks found by scuba diving tourists in 1985 are from an ancient city, which he says may have sparked the fable of Mu -- a Pacific equivalent of the tale of the lost city of Atlantis.


Professor Masaaki Kimura of Ryukyu University believes
the legends of the lost continents of Mu, or Lemuria,
and Atlantis could have been based on these ruins:



"Judging by the design and the disposition of the ruins, the city must have looked just like an ancient Roman city," said Kimura, a professor at Ryukyu University and the chairman of the non-profit Marine Science and Culture Heritage Research Association.

"I can envisage a triumphal arch-like statue stood on the left side of the Colosseum and a shrine over the hill," he told Reuters Television.

Some of the initial divers notices the rocks were unnaturally smooth and formed a sort of staircase near the island's shores. Subsequent dives by Kimura revealed irregular rock outcrops over 1 square km (0.4 square mile) and mounds of rubble.

Kimura says he believes the city had a castle, a shrine, an arch, statues and a colosseum.

"In my estimation, the castle was situated right in the middle of the city. And though not as big as the castle, a lot of ruins of shrine-like structures too have been discovered," he said at his research room.

Kimura believes the city was sunk in an earthquake 3,000 years ago.

However, many scientists dispute his claim, saying the ruins can be accounted for by natural phenomena such as tidal and volcanic activity. They also say that very few artifacts such as clay pots or weapons have been found to prove humans lived among the rock formation at all.

Kimura, however, remains convinced.

"I am getting close to a conviction that this is a mysterious civilization lost in a tectonic deformation in the Pacific ocean," he said. Source: Reuters


Related Entries:
The Lost Lands of Mu and Lemuria
VIDEO: Ancient Marvels - Japan's Mysterious Pyramids
Category: New Legends & Claims |




Thursday, 30. August 2007
Socrates Meets Jesus - A fictitious conversation

Humor plus good points and questions, obviously posed by Socrates.


Socrates Meets Jesus by Prometheus

Socrates:
Good morning, Jesus, I have heard much of your marvelous teachings. In my own modest way I am a philosopher here in Athens. I am told you have great wisdom and certainly that is indicated by the throng of admirers that follow you through the streets. If you have a few moments to spare, I would appreciate it if you would enlighten me with the answers to some of the puzzling problems I have been wrestling with all my life.

Jesus:
I am as a fisher of men in my search for followers. I bring the truth of God to all men. Seek and you shall find, ask and it shall be answered knock and it shall be open unto to thee.

Socrates:
There is one basic question that has always been uppermost in my mind. Although it has always been an insurmountable obstacle to me in my search for the truth and meaning, I am sure that with your learning you will find it far to easy and think me a foolish old man. I have always longed to live honorably and nobly, but it seems that I have merely stumbled through life without even even knowing what was honorable or noble. With my limited understanding, it often seems to me that life, even with all its sound and fury, really signifies nothing. Please tell me: How should a man live; what is the purpose of life.

Jesus:
To serve and worship God.

Socrates:
Which God.

Jesus:
There is only one god.

Socrates
Oh. You should live here in Athens. We have several to choose from.

Jesus:
There is only one true God.

Socrates:
Of course. And which one is the true God?

Jesus:
The true god is Lord God.

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Socrates:
Yes. But who is Lord God? Or what is he?

Jesus:
He is the infinity of wisdom, love, compassion, peace, and mercy. He is the creator of heaven and earth all things in the universe.

Socrates:
Of all things?

Jesus:
Yes-all things. He is omnipotent. He is master and controller and maker of all things. He is omnipresent-nothing can happen that he does not know beforehand.

Socrates:
Did he create plagues, wars, death, suffering and evil.

Jesus:
No. These things and all other evils and tragedies come from the Devil, the prince of darkness; or from man's weakness and evil nature. God is all goodness and free of evil; only good can come from God.

Socrates:
And who for gracious sakes is the devil? Surely he must be a god to be able to visit such powerful calamities on mankind: Yet you have just said there is only one God. Also you have said that all that exists comes from God: And now you say that only good comes from God and all evil comes from someone called the devil. These would seem to be contradictions. I am afraid that your religion is far too complex for this old head to fathom. Yet I will be an eager student and try hard to understand, if you will but help me. Please explain: who is the devil and how can all things come from God and yet not come from God?

Jesus:
The Devil is a fallen angel who is ambitious. He rebelled against God and wants to overthrow all his works.

Socrates:
What in Zeus' name is an angel?

Read more ...
Category: Articles & Essays | Philosophy & Metaphysic | Poetry & Inspirations |


News & Stories

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Life's great mystery by The Age.
Where do we go when we die? Katherine Kizilos speaks to some who are searching for answers.
Tim has an amazing story to tell, but mostly he keeps quiet about it. He loves his family, needs his government job as a computer engineer, wants to keep a low profile. And he fears the peaceful, steady life he has managed to build - against all odds <0x2014> could be taken away if he draws too much attention to himself. But nevertheless here he is, in a city cafe, telling a newspaper reporter about his near-death experience.

Exellent!

Von Braun was at Roswell during UFO crash by The Canadian.
The recovered bodies were temporarily being kept in a nearby medical tent. They were small, very frail and had large heads. Their eyes were large. Their skin was greyish and reptilian in texture. Dr. von Braun said it looked similar to the skin texture of rattle snakes he'd seen several times at White Sands. His inspection of the debris had even him puzzled: very thin, aluminium coloured, like silvery chewing gum wrappers. Very light and extremely strong.

Also by The Canadian: Alien Disclosure from an Astronaut
And: Jimmy Carter's UFO experience

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There could have been two sphinxes by Daily News Egypt.
A thorough analysis of Ancient Egyptian history and examination of archaeological evidence indicate that there were two sphinxes on the Pyramids Plateau, an Egyptian researcher argues. Egyptologist Bassam El Shammaa believes that the famed half-lion, half-man statue was an Egyptian deity that was erected next to another sphinx, which has since vanished without a trace.


More information at his website on the 'Second Sphinx Theory''.

Derek's Near-death on the Nile by The Sun.
Derek, 57, says: "It took me completely by surprise, and it wasn’t a pleasant one. We were filming in the main chamber of the Great Pyramid and I could tell there was a lot of spiritual activity going on. Forget Most Haunted, this was a stronger force than anything I’d ever encountered before. I heard something approaching and then 'bang', it hit me hard in the face and I started choking because I couldn't draw a breath."

Time Travel Machine Outlined by LiveScience.

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A new concept for a time machine could possibly enable distant future generations to travel into the past, research now suggests. Unlike past ideas for time machines, this new concept does not require exotic, theoretical forms of matter. Still, this new idea requires technology far more advanced than anything existing today.


Also by LiveScience: You Can't Travel Back in Time, Scientists Say

VIDEO 1: Can You Time Travel?
The joys, terrors and true possibilities of navigating the fourth dimension, with quantum physicist Michio Kaku and astrophysicist Charles Liu.
VIDEO 2: How to Time Travel!
How can you swim upstream in the river of time? Liu and Kaku have some answers.


Some news-links do not last long. In this case please send me a note.
Category: News & Stories |


Wednesday, 29. August 2007
Tarot Card Reading Guide

For the experienced Tarot reader a great refresher and a great easy to understand overveiw for beginers.
The spreads are very helpful, as are the one-word associations.

Duration: 24 minutes.

Category: Movies & TV | Tarot & Oracles |


Tuesday, 28. August 2007
New Age Channel

If you like New Age then you must check this out. Prefect for relaxing, working, or meditating.

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Some of the well known artists you should expect to hear are Adiemus, Enigma, Enya, Loreena McKennitt, Mike Oldfield, Tangerine Dream, Yanni, and many more. The programmer of this channel is Dj Doboy, with the rest of the DI staff contributing to it.

New Age Channel by SKY.fm - Free New Age Music Internet Radio.

Check also the music of the Chillout Channel, is crafted for rest and relaxation. Or the Lounge channel, serves as your main source for music that is most suited for sitting back and relaxing at a bar or pool ...

Enjoy & Cheers!
Category: Music & Voices |


The 2007 Aurigid Meteor Shower

Will they come, or will they not? That is the question.
Sept. 1, 2007: The answers await.

September's shower, called the alpha Aurigids, has only been seen three times before, in 1935, 1986 and 1994. The reason for this elusiveness is the shower's unusual origin.

The shower probably won't return for at least 50 years, so it's a once in a lifetime event!


This very rare shower will occur again on 1 September 2007. A brief shower of tens of meteors will radiate from the constellation of Auriga, many as bright as the brighter stars in the sky. The Earth will be in the thick of it during the one hour centered on 04:33 a.m. PDT. The shower will be visible by the naked eye from locations in the western United States, including Hawaii and Alaska, from Mexico, and from the western provinces of Canada.

2007 Aurigids - The Aurigid Meteor Shower Observing Campaign
by The SETI Institute.
The shower is visible from only part of the world. What is the best location for viewing the 2007 Aurigid shower? Now, you can calculate the answer yourself there!

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This is what an Aurigid might look like. Photo credit: Antonio Finazzi.


If you are lucky enough to catch a picture of an Aurigid meteor using your digital camera, you will be the very first to do so.
Get your cameras ready for two meteor showers by MSNBC.

If you spot one of those meteors, you may be only the fourth person alive who is known to have seen this meteor shower. In recent times, the shower was spotted in 1994 by two observers and in 1986 by one observer.

2000-Year-Old Meteors to Rain Down on August 31, 2007 by Space.com.

The Aurigids get their name from the constellation of Auriga, the Charioteer. The meteors appear to emanate from a spot in the sky near the bright yellowish star Capella in Auriga. The Aurigids, however, are rarely mentioned in most astronomy guidebooks because they are hardly worth mentioning in any given year.

Aurigid Meteor Shower Peaks September 1 by Space.com.

Elsewhere: Rare meteor shower to shed light on dangerous comets
by New Scientist Space.

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Meteors from long-period comets are of special interest for two reasons:
#1 -- Long period comets almost always take us by surprise. They linger in the outer solar system, hiding in the dark for thousands or millions of years, until their slow orbits turn them sunward and--in they plunge!
#2 -- Meteors from long period comets may be very primitive. Consider the following: Most meteor showers (e.g., the Perseids and Leonids) are caused by short period comets, which pass through the inner solar system every few decades or, at most, centuries.
Long period comets, on the other hand, are rarely sun-blasted, and their surfaces may retain ancient substances formed by billions of years of cosmic ray exposure in the outer solar system.


Strange Lights: The 2007 Aurigid Meteor Shower by NASA.

See also: The 1 September 2007 Aurigid outburst from NASA Ames.

And: Aurigid Campaign by ESA.
Category: Astrology & Astronomy | Events & Meetings |


Monday, 27. August 2007
Happiness

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~~~ Find Your Inspiration ~~~
Category: Poetry & Inspirations |


Experiment of Out-of-Body Experiences

Out-of-body experience recreated

Experts have found a way to trigger an out-of-body experience in volunteers.

The experiments, described in the Science journal, offer a scientific explanation for a phenomenon experienced by one in 10 people. Two teams used virtual reality goggles to con the brain into thinking the body was located elsewhere. The visual illusion plus the feel of their real bodies being touched made volunteers sense that they had moved outside of their physical bodies.

The researchers say their findings could have practical applications, such as helping take video games to the next level of virtuality so the players feel as if they are actually inside the game. Clinically, surgeons might also be able to perform operations on patients thousands of miles away by controlling a robotic virtual self.

For some, out-of-body experiences or OBEs occurs spontaneously, while for others it is linked to dangerous circumstances, a near-death experience, a dream-like state or use of alcohol or drugs.

One theory is that it is down to how people perceive their own body - those unhappy or less in touch with their body are more likely to have an OBE.

But the two teams, from University College London, UK, and the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne, believe there is a neurological explanation. Their work suggests a disconnection between the brain circuits that process visual and touch sensory information may thus be responsible for some OBEs. In the Swiss experiments, the researchers asked volunteers to stand in front of a camera while wearing video-display goggles.

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"We feel that our self is located where the eyes are"
UCL researcher Dr Henrik Ehrsson



Through these goggles, the volunteers could see a camera view of their own back - a three-dimensional "virtual own body" that appeared to be standing in front of them. When the researchers stroked the back of the volunteer with a pen, the volunteer could see their virtual back being stroked either simultaneously or with a time lag. The volunteers reported that the sensation seemed to be caused by the pen on their virtual back, rather than their real back, making them feel as if the virtual body was their own rather than a hologram.

Even when the camera was switched to film the back of a mannequin being stroked rather than their own back, the volunteers still reported feeling as if the virtual mannequin body was their own. And when the researchers switched off the goggles, guided the volunteers back a few paces, and then asked them to walk back to where they had been standing, the volunteers overshot the target, returning nearer to the position of their "virtual self".

Dr Henrik Ehrsson, who led the UCL research, used a similar set-up in his tests and found volunteers had a physiological response - increased skin sweating - when they felt their virtual self was being threatened - appearing to be hit with a hammer. Dr Ehrsson said: "This experiment suggests that the first-person visual perspective is critically important for the in-body experience. In other words, we feel that our self is located where the eyes are."

Dr Susan Blackmore, psychologist and visiting lecturer at the University of the West of England, said: "This has at last brought OBEs into the lab and tested one of the main theories of how they occur. "Scientists have long suspected that the clue to these extraordinary, and sometimes life-changing, experiences lies in disrupting our normal illusion of being a self behind our eyes, and replacing it with a new viewpoint from above or behind."

Source: BBC News

Elsewhere about the study:
Why being out of the body is all in the mind by Times Online.
Out-of-body experiences are 'all in the mind' by NewScientist.


Olaf Blanke, of the Federal Polytechnic of Lausanne (EPFL) in Switzerland, explains how it was done:




It's news to me. Notably, this new study is the first to demonstrate something akin to an 'out-of-body-experience'.
But it's not really the same as the classic experience where you see your body in front of you, perhaps as you float above it, something known as autoscopy or heautoscopy in the medical literature.
So in my opinion the OBE is not explained with this nice experiment.

In fact, you can do something similar at home.

Category: Para & PSI |


Sunday, 26. August 2007
The Story of God

'The Story of God' is an epic journey across continents, cultures and eras exploring religious beliefs from their earliest incarnations, through the development of today's major world faiths and the status of religious faith in a scientific age, featuring physician, Professor and British Lord Robert Winston.

He analyses the history of various gods by travelling the world talking with people ranging from hindus, muslims and christians to buddhists and athiests. Richard Dawkins makes an appearance later in the series.

'The Story of God' first aired on BBC One, December 2005. Like many BBC documentaries, 'The Story of God' aired in 2007 in other countries, including the USA.


Enjoy this fascinating world tour!

Episode one focuses on the origins of ancient animistic beliefs and
the eastern religions of Hinduism, Buddhism and Zoroastrianism.

Episode 1: Life, the Universe and Everything - 58 minutes.




Episode two looks at the three great monotheistic religions:
Judaism, Christianity and Islam.

Episode 2: No God but God - 59 minutes




Episode three considers how the idea of God has been challenged by
modern ideas – especially by scientific theories and discoveries.
Robert Winston also puts his own belief in God to the test with a mathematical formula that has been adapted to calculate the probability of God's existence.

Episode 3: God of the Gaps - 58 minutes




You may also like:

When science meets God by BBC.
Robert Winston presents The Story of God by BBC.
Why do we believe in God? by The Guardian.
Review of The Story of God by Culture Watch.

Official Web Site of Professor Robert Winston
Robert Winston - Information from Answers.com.
Category: Gods & Goddesses | Movies & TV | Religion & Early Cultures |


Saturday, 25. August 2007
Horoscope Generator

JUST FOR FUN:
Click on your sign below and get your horoscope for today.

Found @ Generatorland
Category: Astrology & Astronomy | Games & Humor |


Alchemy: Ancient and Modern

The Aim of Alchemy:

Alchemy is generally understood to have been that art whose end was the transmutation of the so-called base metals into gold by means of an ill-defined something called the Philosopher's Stone; but even from a purely physical standpoint, this is a somewhat superficial view. Alchemy was both a philosophy and an experimental science, and the transmutation of the metals was its end only in that this would give the final proof of the alchemistic hypotheses; in other words, Alchemy, considered from the physical standpoint, was the attempt to demonstrate experimentally on the material plane the validity of a certain philosophical view of the Cosmos. We see the genuine scientific spirit in the saying of one of the alchemists: "Would to God ... all men might become adepts in our Art - for then gold, the great idol of mankind, would lose its value, and we should prize it only for its scientific teaching." Unfortunately, however, not many alchemists came up to this ideal; and for the majority of them, Alchemy did mean merely the possibility of making gold cheaply and gaining untold wealth.

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Sybolical Illustration
Representing the Trinity of Body, Soul and Spirit


The Transcendental Theory of Alchemy:

By some mystics, however, the opinion has been expressed that Alchemy was not a physical art or science at all, that in no sense was its object the manufacture of material gold, and that its processes were not carried of Alchemy out on the physical plane. According to this transcendental theory, Alchemy was concerned with man's soul, its object was the perfection, not of material substances, but of man in a spiritual sense. Those who hold this view identify Alchemy with, or at least regard it as a branch of, Mysticism, from which it is supposed to differ merely by the employment of a special language; and they hold that the writings of the alchemists must not be understood literally as dealing with chemical operations, with furnaces, retorts, alembics, pelicans and the like, with salt, sulphur, mercury, gold and other material substances, but must be understood as grand allegories dealing with spiritual truths. According to this view, the figure of the transmutation of the "base" metals into gold symbolised the salvation of man -- the transmutation of his soul into spiritual gold -- which was to be obtained by the elimination of evil and the development of good by the grace of God; and the realisation of which salvation or spiritual transmutation may be described as the New Birth, or that condition of being known as union with the Divine. It would follow, of course, if this theory were true that the genuine alchemists were pure mystics, and hence, that the development of chemical science was not due to their labours, but to pseudo-alchemists who so far misunderstood their writings as to have interpreted them in a literal sense.

Alchemy: Ancient and Modern by Herbert Stanley Redgrove (PDF with pictures)

Alchemy: Ancient and Modern by Herbert Stanley Redgrove (PDF text only)
Category: Books & Magazines | Mystics & Alchemy |


Friday, 24. August 2007
Theban Mapping Project

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Atlas of the Vally of the Kings:

Discover each tomb in the Valley in this interactive Atlas. Investigate a database of information about each tomb, view a compilation of more than 2000 images, interact with models of each tomb, and measure, pan, and zoom over 250 detailed maps, elevations, and sections. Experience sixty-five narrated tours by Dr. Weeks and explore a 3D recreation of tomb KV 14.

Atlas of the Theban Necropolis:

Explore the entire archaeological zone through this giant aerial photograph. Zoom in to see individual architectural details of temples and palaces as well as the topography of the area. Mouse over sites to get additional information about them.

Theban Mapping Project

There is much more than this great interactive window to the world of the Valley of the Kings:

Digital Imagery

The TMP's photographers, Francis Dzikowski and Matjaz Kacicnic, have completed taking comprehensive digital photographs of the walls of KV tombs currently open to the public (or likely to be opened soon). This photographic survey users will be able to call up both general photographs of tomb walls, details of scenes, and even individual hieroglyphs for study. Four tombs were not included in the survey because of technical problems, but the following tombs were completely photographed:

KV 1 Rameses VII
KV 2 Rameses IV
KV 6 Rameses IX
KV 8 Merenptah
KV 9 Rameses VI
KV 11 Rameses III
KV 14 Twosret/Setnakhte
KV 15 Seti II
KV 16 Rameses I
KV 34 Thutmes III
KV 35 Amenhetep II
KV 43 Thutmes IV
KV 47 Siptah
KV 57 Horemhab
KV 52 Tutankhamen
WV 23 Ay


Check the Sites in the Valley of the Kings, the Resources Index (with illustrated glossary and Egyptian Timeline), and don't miss the Articles provides a broader understanding of the history and development of the Valley of the Kings and the cultural practices that have influenced and shaped the construction and utilization of the tombs in it. Copious photographs, maps and drawings illustrate each of them.

Category: Buildings & Places | Incarnation & Death |


Thursday, 23. August 2007
Senju Kannon

Eye Candy: This is the show 2007 of the "Senju Kannon":




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KANNON BOSATSU, KANNON BODHISATTVA,
LORD OF COMPASSION, GODDESS OF MERCY
Represented as both Male and Female
Assists People in Distress in the Earthly Realm
Sanskrit = Avalokitesvara, Avalokiteshvara, Lokeshvara
Japanese = Kannon, Kanjizai, Kanzeon, Kwannon
Chinese = Kuan Yin, Guanyin, Guanshiyin
Tibetan = Spyan-ras-gzigs

All about Kannon
Incl. 33 Forms of Kannon, Legends About Kannon and much more!


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Senju Kannon 千手観音:
Sahasrabhuja-arya-avalokites 'vara. "Thousand-armed Kannon" or *Kannon 観音 with a thousand arms. Also called Senbi kannon 千臂観音 or Daihi Kannon 大悲観音. This form of Kannon theoretically has 1000 hands and 1000 eyes. Thus a longer version of the name is Senju-sengen Kanjizai Bosatsu 千手千眼観自在菩薩 or, more commonly, Senju-sengen Kannon 千手千眼観音. The form emphasizes the compassion that sees suffering (with 1000 eyes) and acts to relieve it (with 1000 hands). It is assumed that this form originated in India in the 7c, but no examples remain. Examples do remain from around the 10c in China, and Senju was one of the early forms of Kannon revered in Japan.

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Related Entry: Thousand Hand Bodhisattva
Category: Gods & Goddesses | Religion & Early Cultures |


The Lost Lands of Mu and Lemuria

Lemuria and Mu are interchangeable names given to a lost land believed to have been located somewhere in either the southern Pacific or Indian Oceans. This ancient continent was apparently the home of an advanced and highly spiritual culture, perhaps the mother race of all mankind, but it sank beneath the waves many thousands of years ago as the result of a geological cataclysm of some kind.

The thousands of rocky islands scattered throughout the Pacific, including Easter Island, Tahiti, Hawaii and Samoa, have been claimed by some to be the only surviving remains of this once great continent. The theory of a lost continent in this area has been put forward by many different people, most notably in the mid 19th century by scientists in order to explain the unusual distribution of various animals and plants around the Indian and Pacific Oceans.

In the late 19th century occultist Madame Blavatsky reincarnated the idea of Lemuria as a lost continent / spiritual homeland and influenced a host of subsequent occultists and mystics including well known American psychic healer and Prophet Edgar Cayce. The popularisation of Lemuria / Mu as a purely physical place began in the 20th century with ex-British army officer Colonel James Churchward, and the idea still has many adherents today.

But is there any physical evidence to back up these claims of an ancient continent beneath the Pacific or Indian Ocean? Or should these ‘lost homeland’ stories be interpreted in another way entirely, perhaps as the symbol of a mythical vanished ‘Golden Age’ of man?

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Map from "Books of the Golden Age" by James Churchward, 1927


The Land of Mu

The idea of a lost continent known as ‘Mu’ in the Pacific Ocean does not actually have a particularly long history, neither is it mentioned specifically in any ancient mythologies as some writers have suggested. The title ‘Mu’ originated with eccentric amateur archaeologist Augustus le Plongeon (1826-1908), who was the first to make photographical records of the ruins of the archaeological site of Chichen Itza in Yucatán, Mexico. Plongeon’s credibility was badly damaged by his attempted translation of a Mayan book known as the ‘Troana Codex’ (also known as the ‘Madrid Codex’).

In his books Sacred Mysteries Among the Mayans and Quiches (1886) and Queen Moo and the Egyptian Sphinx (1896) Plongeon interpreted part of the text of the Troana Codex as revealing that the Maya of Yucatán were the ancestors of the Egyptians and many other civilisations. He also believed that an ancient continent, which he called Mu, had been destroyed by a volcanic eruption, the survivors of this cataclysm founding the Mayan civilisation. Plongeon equates Mu with Atlantis and states that a ‘Queen Moo’ originally from Atlantis, travelled to Egypt where she became known as Isis, and founded the Egyptian civilisation. However, Plongeon’s interpretation of the Mayan book is considered by experts in Mayan archaeology and history as completely erroneous, indeed much of what he interpreted as hieroglyphics turned out to be ornamental design.

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Lemuria at its Greatest Extent (click it)

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Lemuria at a Later Period (click it)


Lemuria

‘Lemuria’, the alternative name for the lost continent, also originated in the nineteenth century. Ernst Heinrich Haeckel (1834-1919), a German naturalist and supporter of Darwin, proposed that a land bridge spanning the Indian Ocean separating Madagascar from India could explain the widespread distribution of lemurs, small, primitive tree-dwelling mammals found in Africa, Madagascar, India and the East Indian archipelago. More bizarrely, Haeckel also suggested that lemurs were the ancestors of the human race and that this land bridge was the “probable cradle of the human race.”

Other well-known scientists, such as the evolutionist T.H. Huxley and the naturalist Alfred Russell Wallace, had no doubt about the existence of a huge continent in the Pacific millions of years previously, which had been destroyed in a disastrous earthquake that submerged it beneath the waves, much as Atlantis was thought to have been drowned.

Before the discovery of continental drift it was not unusual in the mid to late 19th century for scientists to propose submerged land masses and land bridges to explain the distribution of the world’s flora and fauna. In 1864, the English zoologist Philip Lutley Sclater (1829-1913) gave the hypothetical continent the name ‘Lemuria’ in an article ‘The Mammals of Madagascar’ in The Quarterly Journal of Science, and since then it has stuck.

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